Goodbye Old Man - Soldier and dying horse during WWI
Goodbye Old Man is a striking image of a soldier bidding farewell to his fatally injured horse. Goodbye Old Man was commissioned by the Blue Cross in 1916 to raise money to help horses on active service.
The artist is Fortunino Matania and it is one of his most famous war-time illustrations. Fortunino Matania (1881 - 1963) was born in Naples.
During and after the war, his work adorned many a history book. During the 1st World War Matania mainly worked for the British magazine The Sphere as their star illustrator, usually producing one full page illustration or more per weekly issue.
He was also employed by the British government and commissioned by individual British regiments. He visited the front several times which allowed him to view wartime conditions at first hand and talk with soldiers about their experiences. From sketches and memory he could then finish a painting, often within a few days.
© Mary Evans Picture Library 2015 - https://copyrighthub.org/s0/hub1/creation/maryevans/MaryEvansPictureID/10046868
Gamma ray burst eruption
Gamma ray burst eruption. Image 5 of 5. Computer artwork of the jet (white) of a gamma ray burst, erupting from a star's surface (across bottom). This is based upon the collapsar theory of GRBs that says GRBs result from the collapse of the core of a massive star. A black hole forms when the core collapses. The spin or magnetic field of the black hole forms jets from material that is being ejected at near the speed of light. The jets are the source of the gamma rays of the GRB, a massive short-lived burst of energy that is 100s of times brighter than an ordinary supernova. For GRB formation, see images R670/148-152. For GRB jets, see images R670/153-154.
© Nasa/Science Photo Library
The Death of Cato of Utica (95-46 BC) 1797 (oil on canvas) (b/w photo)
XIR215459 The Death of Cato of Utica (95-46 BC) 1797 (oil on canvas) (b/w photo) by Guerin, Baron Pierre-Narcisse (1774-1833); 113x145 cm; Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris, France; (add.info.: having been vanquished by Caesar during the battle at Thapsus; Prix de Rome in history painting;); French, out of copyright
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